The Voice hopeful Meghan Linsey found a way to blend her country roots with her new, more soulful direction. She performed her version Little Big Town’s “Girl Crush” on Monday night’s episode.
Some may say it was a bold, but wise, song choice. The tune has faced some recent controversy, as reported by the Inquisitr. While it has performed well on iTunes, some country radio stations were said to have pulled the song due to backlash from angry listeners misinterpreting its meaning.
It is about a heartbroken woman wishing for a way back into her ex-lover’s heart. It seems that some hear, “I want to taste her lips. Yeah, ’cause they taste like you,” assume it’s about a lesbian, and stop listening. If they opened their minds and ears to the rest of the words, they would know it’s about a woman who is painfully jealous of the woman who took the man she loves.
Blake Shelton told Meghan during her rehearsal that she would be performing his favorite song currently on country radio. In the midst of the LBT “Girl Crush” controversy, he and his wife, Miranda Lambert, showed their support of the song on Twitter. Lambert tweeted a selfie of the two of them kissing and wearing matching “Girl Crush” trucker hats. She proclaimed she had a “song crush.”
— Miranda Lambert (@mirandalambert) March 29, 2015
Meghan’s rendition did not disappoint her coach, fans, or mentor, Reba McEntire — who, after rehearsal, told Shelton, “She kicked the dog poo out of that song!”
According to Headline Planet, Meghan Linsey’s version of “Girl Crush” not only landed her at number 4 on iTunes, it pushed Little Big Town’s original to number 10 — selling twice as quickly than before Linsey’s Voice performance. The already popular song was given a boost in interest by the Voice cover and Shelton’s plug. The risk Linsey took paid off for her, Blake, and Little Big Town.
Meghan Linsey has been subjected to a bit of controversy herself. She previously had a singing career as part of country duo Steel Magnolia. They got their start on CMT’s Can You Duet? — another T.V. talent show. She and her partner eventually went separate ways, devastating her both personally and professionally. Some viewers feel it is unfair to allow someone with that kind of experience to enter the competition. Linsey has expressed her gratitude for the show giving someone her age the opportunity to bounce back and take her career in a new direction.
We find out tonight if Meghan’s blues-y “Girl Crush” spin was enough to get her into the top 10. See The Voice on NBC at 7 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT and learn who was voted through. Viewer tweets determine the final artist to join the top 10. Will your favorite make it?
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